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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Beginners

An Experiential Learning Approach, 1st Edition

By Amy Wenzel


230 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Beginners lays out an experiential learning program replete with exercises to guide new clinicians, as well as more experienced therapists re-specializing in CBT, through the process of systematically implementing successful CBT interventions both for themselves and their clients. Each chapter examines a key construct in understandable terms, presenting an overarching view of how clinicians put these concepts and techniques into practice in typical as well as in difficult or unexpected scenarios. Readers will come away with a deep understanding not just of the standard principles of CBT but also of the real decisions and strategies that allow seasoned therapists to implement these principles in a way that maximizes the benefit to clients.


"Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Beginners provides a guided tour for delivering top-flight CBT steered by a master clinician. Dr. Wenzel sums up all that makes CBT effective, but also shows its heart by focusing on the therapeutic alliance, case conceptualization, and personalization of treatment. Whether you are a true novice or well-versed in CBT, reading this book will take you on a ride through the ins and outs of CBT in action and how to do it well."

—J. Russell Ramsay, PhD, associate professor of clinical psychology at the Center for Cognitive Therapy in the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, co-director of the University of Pennsylvania Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program, and author of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Adult ADHD, The Adult ADHD Tool Kit, and Thinking Through Adult ADHD

"This lovely addition to the compendium of beginning CBT books combines reflective self-practice and specific instruction to the novice. Dr. Wenzel provides insight into the thought process of the therapist as interventions are executed. Her comments on the significance of the therapeutic relationship and case conceptualization will change the mind of anyone who believes CBT practitioners are uninterested in these aspects of treatment."

—Donna M. Sudak, MD, professor and vice chair for education of the Department of Psychiatry at Drexel University and president of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training

"I read this book as though I were having a conversation with the author. In addition to being a wonderful storyteller, Amy Wenzel makes us feel at ease, giving the reader a sense of what CBT therapists may comfortably offer to patients—that is, in her own words, ‘confidence about implementing interventions that will, indeed, move treatment forward.’"

—Irismar Reis de Oliveira, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry at the Federal University of Bahia, Brazil, founding fellow of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, and founder and director of the Trial-Based Cognitive Therapy Institute

Table of Contents

Series Editor Foreword, Bret A. Moore 1. Background and Rationale 2. Case Formulation and Treatment Planning 3. Therapeutic Relationship 4. Session Structure 5. Cognitive Restructuring 6. Behavioral Interventions 7. Mindfulness and Acceptance 8. Relapse Prevention and the Completion of Treatment

About the Author/Editor

Amy Wenzel, PhD, ABPP, is owner and president of Wenzel Consulting, LLC, and a clinical assistant professor of psychology in psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. She has authored or edited 21 previous books, many of which are on cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

About the Series

Clinical Topics in Psychology and Psychiatry

Much of the available information relevant to mental health clinicians is buried in large and disjointed academic textbooks and expensive and obscure scientific journals. Consequently, it can be challenging for the clinician and student to access the most useful information related to practice. Clinical Topics in Psychology and Psychiatry includes authored and edited books that identify and distill the most relevant information for practitioners and presents the material in an easily accessible format that appeals to the psychology and psychiatry student, intern or resident, early career psychologist or psychiatrist, and the busy clinician. 

Interested in submitting a proposal? Contact Bret Moore, series editor, at [email protected]

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / Counseling
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychotherapy / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health